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Personnel note: New deputies appointed at Office of Insurance Regulation

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The new deputy commissioner for property and casualty insurance in the Office of Insurance regulation is Susanne Murphy, Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier announced Tuesday. Eric Johnson becomes deputy for life and health insurance, Altmaier said. “Susanne has been an invaluable resource to the office since joining in 2013,” Altmaier said in a written statement. “Over those years, and especially over the past eight months, I have developed a deep respect for Susanne’s understanding of the Florida property market, her ability…

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Meet Harrison Grandwilliams, one of the ’30 under 30′ rising stars of Florida politics

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Harrison Grandwilliams didn’t take the most common path to becoming a young man of note in Broward politics, but in a way, that makes him classically Floridian. The chief legislative aide to Broward County Commissioner Beam Furr came to Florida by way of Long Island, N.Y., and New College of Florida, a small liberal arts college in Sarasota. Not exactly the well-worn path of most Florida pols and influencers, with their Blue Key and Burning Spear bona fides. But after years of advancement…

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A fun story about Eric Johnson, Patrick Murphy’s Yoda

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A good tattoo is made a great tattoo if it comes with a story. And I’m not talking about the Chinese word for “honor” or the “God Bless ‘merica” kind of story. I’m talking about the homage-to-my-father or a remembrance-of-a-Yeats-poem kind of ode — the kind of tattoo that reveals an insight into the soul of the bearer. Anyone who knows Patrick Murphy’s Chief of Staff Eric Johnson knows that he is far more than a trusted confidant or political…

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Eric Johnson says he got Robert Wexler’s ‘blessing’ before signing up with Charlie Crist

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Eric Johnson, longtime political adviser and chief of staff to former Democratic U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, says he’ got Wexler’s “blessing” before taking a job last week as a consultant to Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist’s Senate campaign. Read about it in this week’s Politics column.

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